rally and march, Saturday 22 July 2006
the Israeli attack on Lebanon & Gaza!
and justice for Palestine!
Possum News Network Exclusive
Words and pictures by Gavin Gatenby
I knew this
was going to be a big demonstration when I boarded a city-bound train
at Turrella station, 10 kilometres from the city. Sydney trains hold well
over 2000 travellers and they aren't normally full on Saturday mornings.
This one was packed with people heading for the demonstration. It was
all I could do to squeeze into the foyer. The crowd was singing Lebanese
and Arab resistance songs and at one stage, the Palestinian anthem. It
took ages for everybody to detrain at Town Hall station.
the Australian Arabic Committee for Solidarity with Palestinian &
Lebanese People, represent more than 50 community organisations. The march
ended by packing Martin Plaza outside the US Consulate.
I'd estimate there were well over 20,000 demonstrators. Here they spread
across George Street in front of the Town Hall and down into Town Hall
Square. In the final Moratorium March during the Vietnam War a crowd then
estimated by the media at 20,000 occupied the road here. Town Hall Square,
on the right of this photo, didn't exist then. In
this shot, the crowd spreads well back into it.
spread across all four lanes of George Street and took 25 minutes to pass.
Lots of placards
emphasised the double standards of the media ...
This one attacks
the routinely pro-Zionist coverage by Australia's commercial TV ...
At first glance
it's difficult to understand why Israeli army spin doctors went to a lot
of trouble to get pictures like this out to the world's media. I can only
imagine they hoped to appeal to the loony Christian fundamentalists in
the US ... the nutters who are, in reality, the natural reservoirs of
anti-semitism but who nowadays hope Zionist aggression will bring on the
hoped-for End of Days. By their friends shall ye know them, I guess ...
passes the Queen Victoria Building. They were densely packed across the
road and the footpaths (in spite of the best efforts of the march marshals
and the police to keep everybody on the road).
but the dawg probably wouldn't listen even if young George hollered at
it. Over the years, the Bush fambly have spoiled that gawd-damned dawg.
It practically runs the fambly these days.
more Australian flags on this march than all the dumb anti-Arab-and-Muslim
rednecks have flapping outside their houses across Sutherland Shire. The
spectacle would have given far-right idealogues like radio "shock
jock" Alan Jones and the Sydney Morning Herald's celebrity journalist
Paul Sheehan terminal nightmares.
the outward signs of personal ideology I saw on this march the Zionists
have managed to unite all Lebanese-Australians: secular and devout, Shia
and Sunni, Druze and Christian.
Harsh but true. Right from the beginning, Zionist fanatics were comfortable
with European anti-semitism and even collaborated with Nazis and other
anti-semites to drive reluctant jewish populations towards "The Promised
Indeed. The game isn't worth the candle. The concept of a theocratic,
ethnically-pure "jewish" state ordained by God is a nonsense
as dangerous to Jews as to everybody else.
This last says it all really.
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all over again
29 October 2004
spending nearly two months in the West Bank the pull towards my village
was growing stronger, especially after being detained twice and threatened
has been shocking to witness what Israeli colonialism has done to the
land of the West Bank, yet inspiring to see what it has not been able
to do to the people. The land: divided, exploited, exhausted, tortured.
The people: imprisoned and controlled, yet united, defiant and beyond
outside the square
1 November 2003
... Old Possum sighed. Its time that sensible Jews -- people
of goodwill -- insisted that you can be a Jew and be honourably opposed
to the political philosophy called Zionism. He crossed his paws
on his walking stick and went on:
Its time to recognise that the whole Zionist project was
a tragic mistake. Understandable maybe, under the terrible circumstances
of European anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust, but a historic mistake
nevertheless. Driving another whole people off the land theyd
called home for hundreds of years, expelling them from their homes,
their farms and their businesses, and setting up an ethnically exclusive
theocratic state was just dumb and dangerous. How did they expect the
Palestinians would react? ...